April 1st, 2010
09:07 AM ET

U.S. warship captures suspected pirate mother ship

The USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel and then captured it.

A U.S. warship sank a pirate skiff and captured a pirate mother ship in the Indian Ocean on Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

The frigate USS Nicholas came under fire from a pirate vessel shortly after midnight in international waters west of the Seychelles, according to a U.S. military statement.

The Nicholas returned fire and pursued the skiff as it fled, capturing it about 90 minutes later. Three suspected pirates aboard the skiff were taken into custody, along with two others aboard a suspected pirate mother ship that was nearby.

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  1. Kasier Soze

    See how the USA responds, go USA. Other countries like India go all coward and are punishing their sailors by not allowing them to move their ships into the area. We can't expect our allies or pseudo allies to help us out in the Indian Ocean.

    Heck planes are cheaper than ships. Get an AC130 Heli gunship and blast those pirate ships out of the water. Just make sure you have anti-anti-aircraft capabilities.

    There are def issues from an economic perspective that have to be addressed in Somalia, but never never never negotiate with Jack Sparrow. Nothing romantic about Piracy.

    Now sometimes the pirates hijack a smaller indian vessel and then use it to hijack a bigger vessel, well answer is easy. Sink the proxy vessel. Negotiations is not an option. Don't take prisoners.

    Go USA.

    Kaiser Soze.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Big Country

    The fact that this took place just west of the Seychelles should be very alarming. I know people think that pirating is just a Somalian phenomenon, but the truth of the matter suggests that this pirating has extended and is supported by various groups within multiple countries along eastern Africa such as Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ralph

    Isn't this the way it is supposed to be? Finally a return to reality. No more escaping and hiding in a bureauarcy. Obama wanted change, Now he's got it. I just whish I could beoieve he's responsible for this example of leadership our country needs so desperately. It is a worthy examplw of what we are caplable of when idiots in position authority get out of the way. I still say the man would not get on a horse unles it was nailed to the ground..I will now go to my room .

    April 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jodaddy

    Now THATS the kind of 'foreign aid' I'm talkin' bout!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stores

    Makes me proud of my alma mater!!

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  6. USN-Ret

    Doubtful they knew what they were attacking. It was night and with a "deceptive lighting" scheme the frigate could have looked like a merchant ship. We do it often as a trap. By the time to bad guys get close enough to realize it's not a tanker or merchant it's too late. And finally, don't blame Obama or give credit to Bush or Cheney. The US Navy has been doing this since John Paul Jones asked for a fast ship to sail into harm's way.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. Duncan Edwards

    I suspect strongly that the pirates fired at any ship they were near in the dark and realized too late that they had a made a mistake. The darkness was not a problem for the radar and night vision gear of the Nicholas. The same careless pirates have in the recent past tried to attack French and Dutch warships and got kicked in the skiff as a result. Like most criminals they are indeed stupid and desperate but that won't even slow them down. Until the pirate kings are attacked in their homes and ports it will continue. Good work to the US Navy for doing what they do so well every day.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    I guess they thought that if Gary Busey take control of the Missouri in "Under Siege", they might have a chance... I wonder if one of the pirates came out of a cake?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Doubtful

    I doubt this is how it went down. Why would pirates attack a Navy ship? Not only would it it be impossible for them to win, but if they did, what would they gain? No, instead I think the Navy identified and took out the pirates, without provication. Which is okay, because those pirates would have attacked some else had they not. But please, no way a pirate ship attacked the Navy...

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. tierdheart

    It is about time take them out before we have to deal with them being well armed they are building big beautiful homes and becoming stronger or so it has been reported.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kathy

    Somalian pirates. Violent, yes. Intelligent, no so much. They couldn't tell the difference between a warship and a yaught?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anon

    Wait... the pirates delibretly attacked a US warship? LOL what were they thinking? This has to be the most amusing story I've read in quite some time.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Danoh

    Will they be tried in military or civilian court? How about New York City?

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  14. billy

    Story should read:
    An desperate attempt by a starving, hopeless people to usurp America's monopoly on plundering and stealing was thwarted today by a gigantic American warship. Go USA!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. common sense

    it would seem a good idea to just have those ships and occupants just sink to the bottom of the ocean they are trying to use as a bank on demand source of income. when enough boats fail to return to home port then the problem will end.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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